Boone County Sheriff's Department warns residents of asphalt scam

The Missouri Attorney General's Office reported several incidents of asphalt scams, and the Boone County Sheriff's Department is urging residents to avoid unsolicited offers from home improvement salespeople.

Former suspect in 1990 Chillicothe murder refuses to testify

An appeals hearing this week in Columbia is addressing the 1995 conviction of Mark Woodworth.

Columbia hearing might determine Chillicothe murder conviction retrial

A Boone County judge will recommend to the Missouri Supreme Court whether Mark Woodworth, who was previously convicted of murder, deserves a retrial.

Missouri Supreme Court upholds death sentences for Kansas City murder

Two men who pleaded guilty to the 1989 kidnapping, rape and death of a Kansas City girl. They recently appealed to avoid the death penalty, but the court rejected their argumement.

Erickson gets new attorney after lawyer moves to drop him as client

Charles Erickson got a new attorney after Kathleen Zellner made a motion to drop him as a client. It was a preemptive move on Zellner's part in order to avoid a conflict of interest with co-defendant, Ryan Ferguson.

Columbia man arrested on suspicion of distributing cocaine, marijuana

The 24-year-old, Larry McBride, was also arrested on one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Arrests made in connection with burglaries at businesses

The burglaries occurred Thursday morning at several businesses in an east Columbia office complex.

Columbia police warn residents about phone scam

Scam callers are asking for credit card or bank information for the Columbia Police Department or the Columbia Police Officers Association.

Arrest warrant issued for registered sex offender

After past convictions and a gun- and drug-related arrest in April, Shawn Michael Turner is wanted for not reporting a change of address, in addition to probation and parole violations.

Charvez Smith granted continuance

Charvez Smith, who was arrested in May on suspicion of unlawful use of a weapon, was granted a continuance Tuesday afternoon.

Man pleads guilty to six charges in Anita Court shooting

Eric Dawon Jamison was sentenced for each of the six charges, including second-degree murder.

Suspect in Hobson shooting pleads not guilty

A date for Darris Arlando Peal's trial could be set in the next 10 days.

Student who brought handgun to school pleads not guilty

Alonzo Stevens, a 17-year-old, has been charged with three felonies related to January shootings.

Columbia police face difficulties in identifying and defining gangs

There are gangs in Columbia, but within the Columbia Police Department, opinions vary on what a gang is and whether local gang activity is on the rise.

PHOTO GALLERY: Aim4Peace tries to prevent violence

Aim4Peace works to end violence, especially retaliatory shootings and homicides. Along with working with gang members, Aim4Peace also works with gang members’ friends and relatives to change their positions on violence.

Murder charges dropped in Coleman case

The Boone County Sheriff's Department said it was acting in good faith when it charged Deangelo T. Grant with second-degree murder. The investigation of the fatal shooting of Donnell G. Coleman continues.

Police search for man in connection with robbery at Boone County National Bank

Police are looking for a man who entered the Paris Road branch of the bank and demanded money. No one was injured during the robbery on Friday afternoon.

Bill awaiting Nixon's signature would eliminate jail time for some first-time driving offenses

First-time offenders are rarely jailed for such crimes as failing to maintain liability insurance or driving without a valid license, but the bill would eliminate all possibility.

Kraig Kahler denied trip to son's custody hearing

A judge suggested that Kahler could participate by phone. He has been charged with killing his wife, two daughters and his wife's grandmother in November 2009.

Columbia police warn businesses of counterfeit bills

Businesses across town have received counterfeit $20 bills, and all are now being encouraged by Columbia police to carefully check bills' security features.